Porsche has always been known for having nice doors. That’s because most Porsche vehicles come with hydraulic struts that firmly hold the door in place. The only downside to that system is that you have to push a bit harder in order to get the doors to shut fully. Overall Porsche doors are more reliable than the industry standard that simply relies on hinges with a small detent. Even though Porsche doors are already some of the best in the industry, the automaker figured out a way to improve on them even more, and is working on putting a powerful magnetic door stop into place.
Porsche is considering a magnetic system that uses electro-magnets to vary the resistance applied to a door. The door could be held open through electrical power, and then that resistance could be removed entirely just as fast as it was originally applied. By combining such a system with traditional hydraulic door stops, Porsche doors could be kept nice and smooth, while also making them easier to open and close.
Why it Hasn’t Happened Yet
Though Porsche is looking at this technology to create an even more superior door, there are still some problems standing in the way of accomplishing that goal. For one thing, there has to be a mechanism in place controlling the magnet. The door would have to know when you were holding it and when you wanted to close it. Sure it could rely on force calculations or some sort of touch sensor, but Porsche hasn’t decided how they want to do it just yet. The automaker would likely consider the technology for vehicles like the Cayenne and the Panamera where weight isn’t as much of an issue, and avoid it on some of the sleeker sports cars.
Sure cool electromagnet doors aren’t going to make a Porsche drive any better, but they will make getting in and out of the vehicle even more enjoyable. Plus it’s a cool bragging point. After all, who doesn’t want to brag about having a technologically advanced door?
Porsche wants to work with the likes of Tesla, Mercedes and other car companies to come up with a universal charging standard for electric vehicles. It will be nearly impossible to achieve success with an electric vehicle without coming up with a universal standard, which is exactly why Porsche wants to get everyone on the same page before it releases its first high-powered EV.
Agreeing on a Standard
Porsche says that from a technical standpoint most automakers are on the same page when it comes to an electric charging infrastructure, but the companies can’t yet agree on a specific standard. They are going back and forth about the different types of chargers, but want something that’s going to work with Tesla vehicles as well as other standard vehicles around the country.
Universal Charge Stations
Electric vehicles need universal charging stations that work for everyone. That’s what Porsche is trying to accomplish and the automaker states that Tesla is open to allowing other car users to make use of its charging network.
Porsche has developed an 800-volt charger, the fastest available today. It’s nearly twice as fast as the 450-volt charging system that Tesla currently has in place, and it’s an effort to make charging up electric vehicles a bit faster and easier. Even still, it will take about 15 minutes to charge the Mission E battery to 80 percent with that high-powered charge. It’s still more time-consuming to charge up batteries than it is to refill a car with gasoline, which is an issue that automakers around the world are trying to sort out.
Using Adapters for Charging
It’s clear that not every manufacturer is going to agree on the same port size. Which isn’t really that important. What is important is that the manufacturers can agree on a basic charge station setup. That way electric vehicles can make use of chargers produced by other manufacturers. It’s easy to make adapters for different charge stations, it’s not so easy to charge vehicles when the station doesn’t rely on the same type of power output. Most automakers agree that simple adapters should allow electric car owners to use a range of charging points without issue.
Long-range electric cars are quickly coming to the market, and Porsche is working hard to try and get the charging infrastructure ready to meet that increased demand.
During the Paris Motor Show, most people were focused on the new Porsche Hybrid vehicle, and while it’s impressive, it wasn’t the only exciting piece of technology that the automaker had to show off. Off to the side, sat the latest and greatest 911 GT3 Cup car. With an unassuming look, and almost no coverage, it would be easy to write off the car as uninspiring, or nothing new, but it actually packs quite a bit of tech, and is pretty impressive overall. Here’s a quick breakdown of Porsche’s latest race car that you probably didn’t hear much about.
The latest Porsche sports car of course is more powerful and capable than before. It gets a nice power enhancement thanks to the new 4.0 liter flat six engine that’s used within. The new power rating is 485, up from the 460 offered by the old engine.
While the latest Porsche sports car still relies on the 72-inch wing at the rear, it does come equipped with one enhancement that improves downforce significantly. The car comes equipped with both front and rear end pieces that are designed to increase the overall downforce while driving at high speeds for more control.
The Most Sold Cup Cars to Date
Since starting to produce them back in 1998, Porsche has produced and sold a total of 3,031 cup cars that have either been kept with the company or sold to independent drivers. That figure helps the automaker claim the title of most cup cars produced out of any automaker. If you want to get your hands on one of these potent race cars, you’ll have to shell out approximately $213,000 USD. Sure that’s an approximate amount, but it’s close enough, and few people will actually buy one of the cars anyway, though they would be fun to bring out onto a track.
Of course, like every other race car sold by Porsche, the 911 GT3 Cup was carefully tuned at the Porsche compound in Weissach Germany to make the most of the power and components offered by the vehicle.
This latest race car is set to race in the Porsche Mobile 1 Cup, a series that supports Formula One vehicles, another German cup series and then a 2017 competition in North America. Porsche is going to work hard to make the car available to even more races in 2018 as well.
It’s a bit disappointing to hear that the Porsche Mission E, full-electric supercar project has been delayed and that we’ll have to wait a bit longer to see what the car has to offer, it’s exciting at the same time. That’s because there is worth that Porsche is considering making a scaled-down version of the mid-sized electric sedan, to compete with the Tesla 3. This smaller full-electric sports car would be more affordable, and offer many of the impressive performance features of the larger vehicle.
The Delayed Mission E
If you haven’t heard yet, Porsche recently confirmed that the Mission E is getting delayed a bit. It’s tough to say if this is because of development problems, or because Porsche is deciding to focus on another project first, but it’s getting pushed back a bit. Many experts are hoping that it’s because Porsche decided to produce a scaled-down version of the vehicle first, and it’s entirely possible according to the head of development.
Porsche will neither confirm or deny that it’s thinking about producing a smaller version of the Mission E, but Oliver Blume, the chief developer of the Mission E did confirm that the model is completely scalable. That means it could be used to produce other vehicles as well, which means a scaled-down version of the electric sedan is completely possible and probably pretty easy to do as well.
Maybe they Will Both Be Released
While there is no guarantee that we’ll even get a scaled-down version of the Mission E sedan, it’s possible that we’ll get that as well as the full-sized version around the same time. That would certainly help Porsche compete a bit better with Tesla and BMW, two automakers that are both planning on releasing electric vehicles of their own.
No matter what Porsche decides to do, when the automaker finally releases electric vehicles, they’ll be well worth the wait, and should offer the performance and the luxury aspects that Porsche fans have come to expect over time.
If you thought it was strange that Porsche was planning on releasing an SUV back when you heard about the Cayenne, you’ll probably think it’s even more bizarre that the automaker is now planning on launching a station wagon. Station wagons are hardly the first thing that comes to mind when you think of a luxury vehicle after all.
A Performance Wagon
Porsche is planning on making a station-wagon version of its Panamera sports car. You can believe that the car will come with plenty of power, and all the refined features that you would expect out of the luxury automaker. The only difference is, that buyers will have plenty of storage space as well. The car is designed to compete with the Mercedes-Benz CLS Shooting Brake, and it should appeal to some fans looking for a more spacious ride.
A Hybrid Panamera
Not only is Porsche planning on releasing a station wagon version of the Panamera, the automaker is also going to offer a hybrid version of the car to buyers. The hybrid version is going to be shown off at the Paris Motor show later in the month, but only time will tell whether the concept is something that fans decide to pick up. The hybrid technology will likely make the vehicle more fuel efficient, while also adding a bit of power and improving the acceleration of the vehicle in the process. The proposed hybrid version of the Panamera will likely have a range of about 30 miles, and a pretty respectable 0 to 62 acceleration of about 4.6 seconds. It’s not going to come cheap though, and you should expect to pay well over $120,000 to get your hands on the vehicle.
Most of the time hybrid vehicles are known for their ability to help you cut your fuel consumption. They allow vehicles to run more efficiently and really bump up those MPGs. That’s not the only purpose of hybrid vehicles though, and the 2018 Porsche Panamera 4 E-Hybrid is proof of that. Hybrid tech can also make vehicles much more powerful and exciting to drive around.
It’s Packing Heat
The newest hybrid from Porsche offers a total of 462 HP and a whopping 516 lb.-ft. of torque. That’s a whole lot to pack into a little car, and you’ll feel every bit of that power when you stomp on the pedal and squeal the tires in a cloud of smoke.
The car splits all that power between its four wheels and can travel from 0 to 60 in just 4.4 seconds. It has a top speed of 172 MPH, faster than most people will be brave enough to take the vehicle.
Driving without Fuel
This car is packed with a powerful battery and is capable of motoring around town without using a single drop of fuel. You can get a total of 31 miles on a single battery charge, which doesn’t seem like too much, but for many people it’s enough to complete daily errands or even for a short work commute.
Instant Torque Satisfaction
While this Panamera is going to be a blast to drive at high speeds, it’s also going to be a whole lot of fun at the low end of the spectrum. That’s because all that electric torque is available instantly, as soon as you press the peddle your vehicle is going to start moving and moving fast. You’ll feel the acceleration, even just speeding up from sitting at the stop sign. Driving the Panamera Hybrid around town will make doing errands much more enjoyable overall, and you don’t have to worry about all the fuel you’re wasting by accelerating too vigorously, because you’ll be running on electricity.
Liquid Cooled Battery Tech
High performance batteries get really hot, which is why the lithium battery fitted into the Panamera is liquid cooled to keep it from overheating. This allows the car to provide excellent performance, while keeping the battery in optimal condition at all times.
The 2018 Porsche Panamera E-Hybrid is one of the most potent variation of the Panamera yet released, and it’s pretty efficient as well. It will be a blast to drive, and is expected to show up in dealerships later on this year. Keep your eye out for this exciting model, and you’ll see just what hybrid tech is capable of.
When most people talk about Porsche moving away from sports cars and getting into the SUV market they inevitably bring up the Cayenne as the example of the very first SUV that Porsche produced. What all these people don’t realize is that the Cayenne wasn’t the first SUV produced by Porsche, there was another before it, way before it. Try the 1950’s.
Introducing the JagdWagen
The JagdWagen was a military SUV produced by Porsche in the late 50’s. It was an attempt by Porsche to obtain a military contract, but the military ended up going with the DKW Munga because it was more affordable.
A Beefy Little SUV
The JagdWagen was a beefy SUV designed to stand up to rugged use. It came with the same 50 HP engine that was in the 356, and it had a 5-speed manual transmission. This SUV was quite buoyant making it ideal for river crossings and high levels of mud. Sure it wouldn’t top more than 62 MPH, but it was not made for speed at all. It was designed for rugged durability. It came with a cloth top and didn’t have any doors at all. You just jumped up over the sides to slip right in.
Porsche made a total of 71 of the SUVs and several of them can still be found floating around today. In fact, there is one being sold on bonhams.com, and it’s in pristine condition. That’s likely why it’s being listed for between $220,000 and $260,000.
The next time that someone starts talking to you about how the Cayenne was Porsche’s first SUV, you can bring up the story about the Jagdwagen and how it was produced decades before the Cayenne was ever available. It’s a more badass vehicle for sure, but I don’t know how practical it would be for use today, perhaps on an offbeat trail somewhere.
There’s something particularly special about the 911 Targa. It just oozes heritage out of every one of its pores, and it’s something that you can be proud to drive around in general. Well, the 911 Targa options are about to expand, with an even richer offering, the 911 Targa 4S Exclusive Design Edition. It’s a highly capable vehicle that’s infused with even more life and history than the other Targa offerings.
A Historic Color
The entire vehicle is featured in a brilliant Etna blue. It’s the same color that was used on the Porsche 356 B in 1960 and 61. The badging, spoiler and grill also feature that same color and they blend with the overall theme of the vehicle nicely. This brilliant color is set of nicely by a deep black that’s used on the rear grill, the tailpipes and the LED headlights as well as the RS Spyder wheels. It gives it some nice definition and a striking appearance overall.
A Striking Interior
Inside this special design edition of the vehicle you’ll notice a bunch of special characteristics that mark it as a special edition. The sill plates come with an exclusive logo and some of the letters light up in blue when the doors are opened. The quality leather upholstery is a smoky graphite blue and blue accents are used throughout the vehicle in places like the stitching, the air vent fins and a bunch of other slight areas. This car is very blue, but Porsche makes the colors work together nicely and really give this car a special feel as well.
If you’re lucky enough to get your hands on this special car you’ll receive some accessories to help you celebrate your purchase. It comes with a indoor car cover and a graphite-blue photo album that will match the leather seats within. The photo album details the build process for the car, so that you can show it off to your loved ones that are interested in the vehicle.
Overall it performs just like a 911 Targa 4S is expected to, but it comes with enough added style and exclusivity to be something special all its own.
There’s a trend around the world, but especially in countries like China for luxury products at lower prices. Audi recently released the TT vehicle at an unprecedented price point, and some of its more basic entry-level vehicles have been getting more affordable. Now the same thing is happening with Porsche over in China. The automaker just released a 250 HP 718 Cayman and Boxster over in China. It’s more affordable than any other sports car offered by Porsche in the country, and the automaker expects the move to help boost sales, which I have no doubt that it will. My whole point isn’t that Porsche’s are getting more affordable in China, it’s that it’s possible they could be getting cheaper in the United States in the future as well.
Porsche is an Elite Product
For as long as I can remember Porsche has been viewed as a product for only the elite. It’s a supremely well-crafted vehicle that’s designed to perform better than most cars out on the road. This vehicle looks nice, and is something that many people want, but only few can afford. It’s something for the elite.
Porsche owners, and supporters of the brand complained when the more affordable Cayenne was released, and they were furious with the Macan as well, but they would really have a fit if Porsche began offering a Cayman for budget prices, and that’s something that’s entirely possible in the future, especially if the Chinese market takes to the products as well as its expected to.
How the Lower Prices are Achieved
In order to lower the prices of its Chinese Porsche vehicles, the automaker had to slash power ratings in the country. The 2.0 liter offers up just 250 HP, not something common to Porsche vehicles. The thing is, for many car owners just looking for the status associated with a Porsche vehicle, the diminished power doesn’t even matter. They still get to own a Porsche and for much less money as well. These cars are expected to sell for around 588,000 yuan or about $88,340 USD. That doesn’t sound like much of a bargain over here when the vehicles are already available for less than that, but consider that the same treatment in the US could see a Cayman being sold for just $43,659. That’s practically a steal compared to the prices customers are paying today.
Slashing Boxster Prices in the US
It’s unclear if Porsche is ever going to try a similar strategy in the United States, but my guess is that the automaker will at least consider it if it works as well as expected over in China. Doing so would open up the cars to a whole new section of buyers, and Porsche would likely become a more common car around the country.
It will be interesting to see if the automaker decides to maintain exclusivity rather than diluting down the brand stateside, or if Porsche makes the decision to expand its lineup of vehicles with lower priced entry level offerings in the future. It’s hard not to like the idea of a brand-new Porsche Cayman at around $40,000, even if it is slower than the more expensive versions.
As technology advances so does the way that we interact with our vehicles. We went from simply adjusting the dials and buttons to change the radio, to plugging in smartphones, receiving phone calls, mapping locations and even talking back and forth with the vehicle to control what it does. Porsche is heading to an even greater level of technological advancement with its latest Porsche Connect system that’s going to be added in new vehicles soon.
Integrate with Mobile Devices
Porsche vehicles are capable of integrating with both Android and iOS mobile devices. They receive GPS information and even enable voice chat with the vehicle. Check your messages or receive phone calls while driving down the road all through your Porsche computer.
Control Your Vehicle Remotely
With the latest Porsche Connect system you can open up the doors of the vehicle and turn the lights on and off. You can also view computer stats while out of the car and even adjust the climate control of the vehicle when you aren’t inside it. It’s easier than ever before to control your vehicle and to make sure that it’s the perfect temperature for you when you finally climb inside. There is even a feature that will help you find your vehicle if you aren’t sure where it is, which is particularly useful in large parking garages.
Use with a Range of Compatible Devices
There are a range of different mobile devices that make it easy to control the functions of the latest Porsche vehicles. A smartphone, tablet or smartwatch can all connect up with the vehicle itself and do things like adjust the GPS system, locate the vehicle, or look up information that’s stored in the car’s computer. These functions are easy to make use of and they can be activated by an increasingly large range of different devices.
Porsche is offering impressive media capabilities with its latest computer system, and all of these capabilities will be showing up in the 2017 and newer model year vehicles. If you plan on picking up a new Porsche you’ll notice that you have more control than ever before over the system, and that you can do even more when you own a mobile device or two.